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Have missed y'all so very much. Looks like there are a lot of puzzles/clues in Winter's latest post and in the title (Of Principalities) of her email that Dominic (Thanks!) posted above. I solved the easiest one on the new tarot card that I've attached. Cyas...

Spoiler: Strength tarot card solve • show
It's just ROT 18 (Strength tarot card nbr). It decodes to "Musée de l'Armée" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Museum_(Paris)

EDIT: Wondering if Winter's email title is a lead to Napoleon's "Principality of Elba". His tomb is in the former church, le Dôme des Invalides. which is within the location found from the Strength Tarot Card. https://bit.ly/2VNCYgE
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New e-mail:

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Dearest Friends,

How can we achieve our goals? By this, I don't just mean personal goals (more on that with the next challenge), but rather our larger goals, our lofty goals. What would you do if you had great ambition?

Some people believe that the pure of heart, the good, will ultimately prevail, but others believe that more difficult, and more complicated tactics, are called for. Perhaps even nefarious and aggressive moves. What we have to ask ourselves, is do the means justify the ends?

We cannot be outwardly ruthless, nor consistently good. We cannot be weak, but we also cannot steamroll our enemies--they are too powerful for that.

Rather, we play the long game. We see the game as a whole, from beginning to end, and then we make the moves we need to make to achieve our end game.

All my love always,
Winter

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Ok so i went back to the switch image today as i still found it odd that one of the squares was double height, After fiddling around with the contrast/ brightness a cross appears on the right as attached.

Looks like a flag, but i dont know a flag with the cross on the right.  in which case are we supposed to "switch" it the other way round?
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My next thought was to find any 49 character messages we have received so far and use the board as a grille cipher. Sadly haven't found a message yet to lay underneath.

The fact that the image is called switch.jpg still makes me want to use binary though!
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Hi all. Winter sent me the exact monochrome image (switch.jpg~interesting title) and I'm smitten with HP's take that it's a partial QR code. Panting like a puppy there might be something "hidden" I had analysed the image at http://www.imageforensic.org/ (a useful tool) but it's the cleanest Jpeg EVAH.  ;D

Mega props, Russell, on the Codes solve that I'm just now seeing. Reading the exciting Iza update there before sleepyville for me.
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Meant to post this earlier but was away all weekend:

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Tower - From the major arcana


So the only thing outstanding is the board from the email and the board from the blog : https://sylvanastories.wordpress.com/board/

The email image is not a complete 8*8 grid (it is 7*7) my second thought was that it was a binary conversion but not enough characters.... ???
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
« Last post by Jeet on May 07, 2019, 06:39:08 PM »
Mine was same as yours, Happy Phantom, and also "switch.jpg". The only thing that stands out to me as unusual is all are rectangles but one is a square. What that means tho, I'm not sure.
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Here was my reward... Not quite sure what to do with it yet. I thought it looked like a part of a qr code, in which case I thought I  should share in case there were other partials. It was titled "switch.jpg"
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New e-mail:

Dearest Friends,

The time has come for the Card Keeper training to begin. Your first challenge is a simple one. Respond to this email and let me know the answer to the following questions:

1. What is one thing you would like to direct less attention to?
2. What is one thing you would like to direct more attention to?

Within 24-48 hours of completing this challenge you will receive your first reward.

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please reply to this email and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Thank you!

All of my best always,
Winter Sylvana
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TY Russell for the 1776 connex. All the updates & additions on Sylvana Stoies are a feast, incl. a beautiful image of The Fool tarot card. 
 
Wondering if another tarot card might be the "key" ( the symbol that Winter tweeted) I got purely lucky with "The Students" PW. It's the first result that kept popping up on my Google search for "student + teacher +tarot". This entry is a must-read imo. Cyas.

Spoiler: The Students PW • show
PW is: hierophant (case sensitive)

EDIT: Just realized that this card was already on my brain b/c Jeet (Hi Pia!) mentioned its importance & meaning on Page1. So THANKS!
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